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May 18, 2016
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Canine influenza kills 2 Ill. dogs
Two dogs that died while undergoing treatment at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine tested positive for H3N2 canine influenza. One was older with controlled, chronic medical problems and the other dog was 2 years old and healthy. "This is the worst of any viral outbreak I've seen," said veterinarian Tim Anderson.
The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.) (5/17) 
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Second mosquito species might spread Zika, researchers find
The yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) is known to spread the Zika virus, but new research suggests the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) may also transmit the pathogen. Tests indicate the virus is present in the species and can multiply in its salivary glands, but no data definitively show the virus spreading from mosquito to people. Researchers say it's critical to determine the role of the tiger mosquito in Zika transmission to forecast how the disease will spread in the Americas.
Science News (5/16) 
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Longevity drug shows early promise in dogs
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The drug rapamycin is used in human organ transplant patients and for treatment of some cancers, but researchers think it might also improve longevity. The drug has been tested for safety in 40 dogs, and researchers say they saw no significant side effects while documenting possible heart-health benefits in the dogs that participated. Funding for anti-aging research is sparse, but experts in the field say preventing age-related changes could help delay diseases associated with aging such as Alzheimer's and cancer.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (5/16) 
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Should pets share a bed with owners?
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A Mayo Clinic survey found that 41% of sleep patients who snooze alongside pets in the same bed believe the practice is beneficial, but 20% of respondents said having pets in the bed disturbs their slumber. Mayo sleep specialist Lois Krahn urges owners to give some thought to the practice and consider the size of the bed, the size of the pet and the number of pets that will be allowed in bed.
KWTV-TV (Oklahoma City) (5/16) 
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Veterinarian shares ways to protect pets during storms
Veterinarian Alicia Gorczyca-Southerland of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry urges owners to take steps now to ensure pets stay safe during storms. It's a good idea to practice moving pets into storm shelters and to create an emergency kit for each pet including food, water, an extra collar, a toy and first aid supplies. However, the most important thing owners can do protect pets is to have animals properly identified with a collar, tag and microchip, Dr. Gorczyca-Southerland says.
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (5/18) 
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How to improve your business' financial health
Solid financial management practices can improve the health of your company, research suggests. Using accounting software, creating an emergency fund and developing a plan to deal with cash shortfalls can help your business, writes Susan Brown.
B2C Marketing Insider (5/14) 
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Tie on a yellow ribbon to help prevent dog bites
Veterinarian Lori Teller, a member of the AVMA Board, says dog attacks may increase during warmer weather when people let their dogs out more or perhaps after storms inflict property damage. Dr. Teller says dog owners must take responsibility for keeping their pet leashed, confined and under control, but even people who do not own pets should take steps to prevent bites. It's smart to stay away from unfamiliar dogs and always ask the dog's owner before approaching. Dr. Teller notes that some owners of dogs that may bite are placing a yellow ribbon on their animal's collar to warn people not to approach.
Texas Standard (5/16) 
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Enjoy the ride: Traveling with your pet
Dog in car.
AVMA President Dr. Joe Kinnarney says owners taking a road trip with a pet can make the journey a fun and healthy one for all. A visit to a veterinarian before hitting the road will ensure vaccines are current and allow preparation for any disease risks associated with the destination. Owners should be sure to stop every three to four hours for a break, water and exercise, and Dr. Kinnarney recommends keeping car windows closed and pets safely secured to protect people and animals in the vehicle.
Conde Nast Traveler online (5/17) 
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Teaching children how to prevent dog bites
This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which focuses on educating people about preventing dog bites. Children are the most common dog bite victims. When you're teaching children about dog bite prevention and how to be safe around dogs, keep it simple. Discuss animals, how we relate to them, and the role of animals in your family, not just how to avoid being bitten. If you have younger children, always supervise them around dogs and be mindful of how the child interacts with the dog so they learn to be gentle from the beginning. Visit the AVMA website to learn more about teaching children how to prevent dog bites.
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